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(NYPost)   Progressive policies are already a smashing success in NYC as squeegee men make their triumphant comeback, to be followed by the Times Square mugger-reintroduction program and occasionally-decent Mets baseball   (nypost.com ) divider line
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2014-08-08 09:11:56 AM  
They were the ultimate symbol of the lawlessness and blight of the 1980s and early 1990s - and now they're making a comeback.

Master Blaster had a spotless windshield, except of course for the two impaled guys.  But a squeegee and windex ain't going to remove impaled guy.
 
2014-08-08 09:26:58 AM  
They were the ultimate symbol of the lawlessness and blight of the 1980s and early 1990s - and now they're making a comeback.

I would think the "ultimate symbol of the lawlessness and blight of the 1980's and early 1990's" would be something a little more lawless and blighty than Stinky "The Marauding Squeej" Pete. Personally, I'd at least go with the strung out mugger with a saturday night special, or the actual pimps and drug dealers.
 
2014-08-08 10:23:40 AM  
Good.  More seedy please.  That's the New York I grew up in, and this sanitized Giuliani/Bloomberg version makes me want puke.  Maybe boom boxes, break dancing on a fridge box, and decent graffiti will come back too.
 
2014-08-08 10:25:38 AM  
Oh now everyone hates capitalism and hard work.
 
2014-08-08 10:26:13 AM  
What about the underage whores on 8th Ave?  The live sex shows in Times Square?  The transvestite whores over by the Lincoln Tunnel?  The open air drug market in Tompkins Square Park?  I want the full 1974 back.
 
2014-08-08 10:27:03 AM  
So, the Post found two guys and used them as an excuse to take a shot at a mayor they hate and the Daily News under the "EXCLUSIVE" banner.

derpes_simplex: Good.  More seedy please.  That's the New York I grew up in, and this sanitized Giuliani/Bloomberg version makes me want puke.  Maybe boom boxes, break dancing on a fridge box, and decent graffiti will come back too.


Move to Newark.
 
2014-08-08 10:28:23 AM  

incendi: They were the ultimate symbol of the lawlessness and blight of the 1980s and early 1990s - and now they're making a comeback.

I would think the "ultimate symbol of the lawlessness and blight of the 1980's and early 1990's" would be something a little more lawless and blighty than Stinky "The Marauding Squeej" Pete. Personally, I'd at least go with the strung out mugger with a saturday night special, or the actual pimps and drug dealers.


How come I know you never lived in New York City back in the 70s-80s?

/Poser alert
 
2014-08-08 10:28:36 AM  
eww, poor people.  Make them go away!
 
2014-08-08 10:29:03 AM  

"They really have to do something," he said. "They just gotta nip it in the bud before it becomes a situation that's out of control and the city gets really bad."

education.i2i.org
 
2014-08-08 10:29:21 AM  
Progressive = Regressive

/turnspeak propaganda
 
2014-08-08 10:29:45 AM  
It's won't really be the 1980's again until people are driving around with "No Radio" signs in their car window.
 
2014-08-08 10:30:31 AM  
"We're not doing no harm to your car..."

That's arguable, I suppose.  If the Windex or whatever they're spraying contains ammonia, then it can can indeed harm windshields and you certainly don't want to be using it on tinted windows...
 
2014-08-08 10:30:59 AM  
It will be worth it for the occasionally decent mets team that implodes due to hookers, coke and crazy.
 
2014-08-08 10:31:07 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Oh now everyone hates capitalism and hard work.


As corny as that sounds, you're actually spot on.  I remember there were good clockers (we always called them clockers, not 'squeegee men') and there were bad clockers.  Basically, if you had a spare buck, you let the guy do your windshield.  If you didn't have a buck, or you didn't want them to touch your car, you'd wave them off.  Most of the time that system worked well.  The problems start when one of the guys doesn't want to take no for an answer, but that was generally the exception and not the rule.  Those guys didn't last long out there.  The guys who knew the intersection well, timed it right, and were good with their squeegee could clean two cars well during one red light.  But anyway, it IS capitalism, and rather honest capitalism at that.  Especially compared to what goes on in the Wall St. offices just above their heads...  As long as these guys respect people who decline their services, I really do not have a problem with this.
 
2014-08-08 10:31:18 AM  

beefoe: It's won't really be the 1980's again until people are driving around with "No Radio" signs in their car window.


It won't be the 80s again until I see people walking around wearing t-shirts that say "New York" with a graphic of a snub-nose underneath.
 
2014-08-08 10:31:21 AM  
So the NYPost really does advocate a police state.
 
2014-08-08 10:31:57 AM  
If this means the NYPD will stop killing black people then I would call it a positive development.

/ Just kidding
// They won't stop killing black people
 
2014-08-08 10:32:07 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: So, the Post found two guys and used them as an excuse to take a shot at a mayor they hate and the Daily News under the "EXCLUSIVE" banner.

derpes_simplex: Good.  More seedy please.  That's the New York I grew up in, and this sanitized Giuliani/Bloomberg version makes me want puke.  Maybe boom boxes, break dancing on a fridge box, and decent graffiti will come back too.

Move to Newark.


Didn't say I wanted to get *shot*.  If I had a death wish, I'd have stayed in Chicago.
 
2014-08-08 10:32:09 AM  
WTF? The Daily News is $1.25 a copy? Amost $500/year. Hell no.
 
2014-08-08 10:33:55 AM  
"the proven "broken windows" theory that has kept the city safe by having cops crack down on minor offenses to prevent bigger, violent crimes. "

Proven my ass. Crime rates dropped everywhere at about the same rate. The broken windows policies are about as proven as the number of pirates inversely impacting global temperature trends.
 
2014-08-08 10:34:36 AM  

arcas


"We're not doing no harm to your car..."

That's arguable, I suppose.


It's also irrelevant IMO. Hey, squeegee guy - if it's not your car, you are cordially invited to keep your f*cking hands off of it until you have explicit permission otherwise.
 
2014-08-08 10:34:38 AM  

EvilEgg: They were the ultimate symbol of the lawlessness and blight of the 1980s and early 1990s - and now they're making a comeback.

Master Blaster had a spotless windshield, except of course for the two impaled guys.  But a squeegee and windex ain't going to remove impaled guy.


You are thinking of Lord Humongous.

www.writeups.org
 
2014-08-08 10:35:03 AM  
Why doesn't de Blasio just force them to get a license like just about everyone else trying to earn a living in NYC?

/surprised one doesn't need a license to breathe in New York
 
2014-08-08 10:35:47 AM  
Full employment. Yay.
 
2014-08-08 10:36:11 AM  
Newspapers are allowed to call people glassy eyed vagrants? Hmm.
 
2014-08-08 10:36:14 AM  

arcas: "We're not doing no harm to your car..."

That's arguable, I suppose.  If the Windex or whatever they're spraying contains ammonia, then it can can indeed harm windshields and you certainly don't want to be using it on tinted windows...


Windex only harms tinted windows when you apply it to the side of the glass with the tint on it (the inside).  The outside of the glass is not harmed by ammonia.  So, yeah, it's still arguable, but that ain't the argument.
 
2014-08-08 10:38:09 AM  

derpes_simplex: arcas: "We're not doing no harm to your car..."

That's arguable, I suppose.  If the Windex or whatever they're spraying contains ammonia, then it can can indeed harm windshields and you certainly don't want to be using it on tinted windows...

Windex only harms tinted windows when you apply it to the side of the glass with the tint on it (the inside).  The outside of the glass is not harmed by ammonia.  So, yeah, it's still arguable, but that ain't the argument.


Ammonia will strip the wax off the painted surfaces....unless you want to believe these guys will be super careful, and not get any of the stuff on the paint job?
 
2014-08-08 10:38:43 AM  
Driving from Howard Beach to Carroll Gardens in the '80s/'90s along Atlantic Ave., I hated those squeegee guys. The squeegee kids, in Toronto, in the late '90s, also sucked. I guess I don't like the squeegees. But, there's worse things, I suppose.
 
2014-08-08 10:40:53 AM  

tzzhc4: EvilEgg: They were the ultimate symbol of the lawlessness and blight of the 1980s and early 1990s - and now they're making a comeback.

Master Blaster had a spotless windshield, except of course for the two impaled guys.  But a squeegee and windex ain't going to remove impaled guy.

You are thinking of Lord Humongous.

[www.writeups.org image 425x304]


See how clean it is?  You can't even see the thing.
 
2014-08-08 10:44:06 AM  
Then, maybe they should be upset that Bloomberg's economics put them there.
 
2014-08-08 10:45:07 AM  
It's nice how the article is dropping with contempt for and fear of homeless people. Maybe in his next article the writer can suggest we round up all the homeless and throw them in jail. Filthy vagrants!

/checks the byline
// 3 people to write that article? wtf? why?
 
2014-08-08 10:45:28 AM  

Fissile: How come I know you never lived in New York City back in the 70s-80s?

/Poser alert


I wasn't alive in the 70s and most of the 80s, but what I've heard about NYC past criminal infestations never mentions squeegee bums, but usually focuses on muggings, murders, drugs, and prostitution. Rumors of excessive squeegeeing don't really discourage me from wanting to visit NYC more; a significant rise in muggings would give me pause. If Smelly McSqueegalot is what haunts New Yorker's nightmares, they sure do keep quiet about it most of the time.
 
2014-08-08 10:48:57 AM  

incendi: Fissile: How come I know you never lived in New York City back in the 70s-80s?

/Poser alert

I wasn't alive in the 70s and most of the 80s, but what I've heard about NYC past criminal infestations never mentions squeegee bums, but usually focuses on muggings, murders, drugs, and prostitution. Rumors of excessive squeegeeing don't really discourage me from wanting to visit NYC more; a significant rise in muggings would give me pause. If Smelly McSqueegalot is what haunts New Yorker's nightmares, they sure do keep quiet about it most of the time.


So, we should harp on those pains in the ass? We shouldn't move on? I thought NYC was done with the squeegee. No need to bring up bad memories.

/born in '72
//raised in NYC
 
2014-08-08 10:50:03 AM  
"... in his filthy, cracked fingers..."

You can report on urban social problems without going places like this. It just makes you look childish.
 
2014-08-08 10:51:02 AM  

Grumpy Cat: So, we should harp on those pains in the ass? We shouldn't move on? I thought NYC was done with the squeegee. No need to bring up bad memories.


I'm just saying - the "ultimate symbol of the lawlessness and blight of the 1980s and early 1990s" is a bit overblown for friggin' squeegee bums.
 
2014-08-08 10:51:10 AM  

Cyclometh: "... in his filthy, cracked fingers..."

You can report on urban social problems without going places like this. It just makes you look childish.


The reporter is merely commenting on how NEAR the vagrant was.
 
2014-08-08 10:51:32 AM  

patrick767: It's nice how the article is dropping with contempt for and fear of homeless people


It's the Post. They drip with contempt for damn near everybody except maybe Mariano Rivera.
 
2014-08-08 10:52:57 AM  

Grumpy Cat: I thought NYC was done with the squeegee. No need to bring up bad memories.


As Gothamist helpfully pointed out this morning, it seems the squeegee men make an appearance every three years.  Our last scare was in 2011, and 2008 before then.

Something to look forward to in 2017, along with the 2nd Avenue Subway.

Just kidding, no way that'll be done by then.
 
2014-08-08 10:57:17 AM  
They have been making a comeback since 2008.
http://gothamist.com/2008/09/15/squeegee_men_not_wiped_out_entirely.p h p
 
2014-08-08 10:57:36 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Oh now everyone hates capitalism and hard work.


Capitalism is based on the law of contracts, to which both parties must agree to an action with consideration for both parties.  This a shakedown.  And hard work?  ha ha, wiping a dirty rag across a windsheied is not hard work in my book
 
2014-08-08 10:57:45 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: Grumpy Cat: I thought NYC was done with the squeegee. No need to bring up bad memories.

As Gothamist helpfully pointed out this morning, it seems the squeegee men make an appearance every three years.  Our last scare was in 2011, and 2008 before then.

Something to look forward to in 2017, along with the 2nd Avenue Subway.

Just kidding, no way that'll be done by then.


I never saw those squeegee dudes. I saw my first squeegee in NYC, since the '90s, about two months ago. Lucky me.
 
2014-08-08 10:58:04 AM  
As long as they're using bottles of Windex and not urinating on your windshield like before, fine.
 
2014-08-08 10:59:36 AM  

MBooda: As long as they're using bottles of Windex and not urinating on your windshield like before, fine.


That's part of the issue. What are they spraying on my car?
 
2014-08-08 11:01:41 AM  

El Supe: HotWingConspiracy: Oh now everyone hates capitalism and hard work.

Capitalism is based on the law of contracts, to which both parties must agree to an action with consideration for both parties.  This a shakedown.


No it isn't. The worst that happens is they do it even when you ask them not to, and you drive away without giving them anything. That was addressed up thread though, that tactic isn't a money maker.

 And hard work?  ha ha, wiping a dirty rag across a windsheied is not hard work in my book

I doubt you'd get through one morning of it.
 
2014-08-08 11:03:24 AM  
Progressive policies are already a smashing success in NYC...


Nice job Flo
www.comparenow.com
 
2014-08-08 11:05:04 AM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: Newspapers are allowed to call people glassy eyed vagrants? Hmm.


To be fair, the Post barely qualifies as a newspaper.
 
2014-08-08 11:05:39 AM  

arcas: "We're not doing no harm to your car..."

That's arguable, I suppose.  If the Windex or whatever they're spraying contains ammonia, then it can can indeed harm windshields and you certainly don't want to be using it on tinted windows...


...
No. While the tint part is true, I use pure ammonia to remove window tint glue at least twice a week. Windex will not harm your windshield. Also window tint goes on the inside.

/detailer.
// newspaper really does clean glass better than a towel.
 
2014-08-08 11:06:14 AM  

Born_Again_Bavarian: If this means the NYPD will stop killing black people then I would call it a positive development.

/ Just kidding
// They won't stop killing black people


They'll just start carrying small squeegees in ankle holsters as "throw-downs."

/sprinkle a little crack on him!
 
2014-08-08 11:08:27 AM  

Fissile: What about the underage whores on 8th Ave?  The transvestite whores over by the Lincoln Tunnel?


I must've had it backwards. Well that explains a lot!
 
2014-08-08 11:09:37 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: El Supe: HotWingConspiracy: Oh now everyone hates capitalism and hard work.

Capitalism is based on the law of contracts, to which both parties must agree to an action with consideration for both parties.  This a shakedown.

No it isn't. The worst that happens is they do it even when you ask them not to, and you drive away without giving them anything. That was addressed up thread though, that tactic isn't a money maker.

 And hard work?  ha ha, wiping a dirty rag across a windsheied is not hard work in my book

I doubt you'd get through one morning of it.


No, the worse that happens is they smear a greasy newspaper across your clean windshield and then throw a rock through the back window when you drive off without paying for their wonderful service.

Or you bump them with your side mirror as you try to get away and are then charged with hit and run and the bum sues you into bankruptcy.
 
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